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Geoff Coe's Blog – January 2013 Archive (4)

High risk, high reward: Islamorada Fine Art Expo (Jan. 26-27, 2013)

For Florida artists resigned to a steady diet of sprawling 300-tent, pole-to-pole layouts where the art takes a back seat to corn dogs, dog walkers, newspaper hawkers, music gawkers, and face-painting for the kiddos,  the Islamorada Fine Art Expo comes as a welcome respite. 

This second-year show is locally sponsored and organized, small in size (50 artists, down from 75 in its inaugural), and tightly juried to deliver quality art to a top-end demographic of snowbirds and year-long…


Added by Geoff Coe on January 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Little things, done well, produce big results: Sarasota Fine Art Festival (Jan. 19-20, 2013)

(Bill Slade just reminded me/us to post a review of this first year show. Bill: Was wondering what happened to you guys--hope you're feeling better! Here's my review:)

It takes nerves of steel to launch a new show in Florida, the Land of Outdoor Art Fair Over-saturation.  It takes commitment and execution to pull off a winner. And based on what I saw and heard this past weekend, Bill Kinney/Paragon Events' Sarasota Fine Art Festival did the improbable, if not impossible: hit…


Added by Geoff Coe on January 23, 2013 at 9:05pm — 6 Comments

"It's a paycheck": Cape Coral Festival of the Arts (Jan. 12-13, 2013)

Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, located just across the ($2 toll) bridge from my S. Fort Myers home, is probably the easiest show I do all year, and it's certainly one of the most community-oriented.  Except for 2010, which featured bone-chilling cold and the never-before-experienced thrill of seeing ice fall off my flaps when I unzipped on Sunday morning, the crowds always turn out for this Rotary Club show along Cape Coral Parkway.

But are they here for the art, the food vendors,…


Added by Geoff Coe on January 14, 2013 at 10:30am — 15 Comments

Heat, Humidity Scuttle Estero FA show (Jan. 5-6, 2013)

I've reviewed this show extensively in the past.  For more background, see my blogpost from 2011.)

Hot, humid weather and white tents make for an unsavory sales environment.  Artists get cranky; customers go brain-dead.   And the high temps and humidity, under mostly sunny blue skies, drove the buyers indoors and scuttled sales at the Estero Fine Art Show in Miromar…


Added by Geoff Coe on January 7, 2013 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

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